Ross Burdon’s Racing Staff Sports Day Review

Ross Burdon’s Racing Staff Sports Day Review

Charlie Appleby’s Moulton Paddocks team ran out convincing winners of the overall yard competition despite a valiant effort from Roger Varian’s team. Good weather meant a very decent turn out of spectators as events kicked off with sprint heats at 11am.

Once the finals got underway it was Varian’s team who came out of the gates quickest, winning both 3000m events as well as the Tug of War. The Tug of War must have been a sweet victory for the team who had come so close, only to lose out in the final, the two previous years. Varian, a St.Leger winning trainer, obviously has a knack of training stayers as Oz Wedmore and Ozge Arsanoglu took out the men’s and women’s 3000m events respectively.

After that Appleby’s staff raised their game and won event after event, with Wayne Hogg (200m & 400m), Hannah Pollard (400m & 800m) and Leah Mapston (200m & long jump) leading the way with two wins a piece. They weren’t alone as Godolphin winners though, as Derek McGaffin took the 1500m crown to go with his 3000m silver.

James Beasley of James Tate’s won the men’s 100m in decisive fashion, even having time to celebrate as he crossed the line, while a two runner women’s 100m race was won by Emma Carey of Ed Dunlop’s. Other winners on the day were Pavla Sedlakova from Simon Crisford’s (1500m), Bruno Sampayo from Sir Mark Prescott’s (long jump) and Adam Elias from Sir Micheal Stoute’s (800m).

An eventful 4x100m relay race saw Team Appleby seemingly wrap up the day’s events until a controversial disqualification for a second false start handed the final victory of the day to John Gosden’s (above) team. But, the disqualification wasn’t enough to prevent Charlie Appleby’s staff rounding out the day as overall winners after some impressive individual performances.

This report was written by Ross Burdon who works full time at Ismail Mohammed’s stable in Newmarket

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